Yeah, sorry, this isn’t a post about Led Zepplin. But you’ll like it, I promise. You know how we are always talking about the cool old rugs and wondering how rug hookers from years ago worked on their rugs and shared their love of hooking? Today while noodling around the blogs, I came across this wonderful resource from Life magazine, posted by Brenda Beerhorst over on Kinship in Color and Wool in March of last year. Look at these great 1950s photos of a rug hooking bee held at Dearborn Village in MI.
It doesn’t look so different than how we lug our frames and wool and rugs to camps and workshop, does it? Of course, our frames are easier to carry and use, and not all of us are hooking ginormous rugs, but here they were, doing the same things we do today. I am a baby of the 1950s, so all the dresses and hats really take me back to my childhood – as well as the black and white photos. This hooking bee actually took place when I was 5 months old (go ahead, do the math.) Wouldn’t it have been fun to see these rugs in color? I especially admire the lone man in these photos — I am sure he took some grief from the guys about making rugs!
And the sweet little girl in her peter pan collar dress and Mary Janes (feet resting on the stretcher bar of the frame) as she works on her part of her Mama’s rug; she’s having fun with the worms in several photos.
It was a beautiful setting for this hooking bee wasn’t it? And they sure had a good turnout. I hope you enjoy perusing all the photos . . . it was a fun sidetrack for me today — thanks for sharing Brenda!!
Do you have a source of old rug hooking-relating photos? Please share yours!
Hook on dear friends,